'Green Hornet' Tops California on Location Awards

Seth Rogen movie's location team, headed by Mike Fantasia, nabs feature location team of the year and film location professional of the year.

Location professionals behind the upcoming Sony film The Green Hornet were the big winners during Sunday's California On Location Awards, co-hosted by Joan Collins and Linda Gray at the Beverly Hilton.

Hornet, the Seth Rogen-starring movie directed by Michel Gondry that opens Jan. 14, saw its 12-person team headed by Mike Fantasia win for location team of the year in the feature film category.

Fantasia also snagged location professional of the year (features) for Hornet, marking his second double win at the COLAs; he won in the same categories in 2005 for his work on Memoirs of a Geisha.

The Hornet team beat out teams from Iron Man 2 and the upcoming untitled Ivan Reitman movie starring Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman.

In the episodic television categories, the locations team led by Tony Salome won for its work on NCIS: Los Angeles, topping the teams for House and Mad Men.

Timothy Hillman received location manager of the year in the episodic TV category for his work on CSI: NY.

New Remote Production, behind the series The Dudesons, was name production company of the year in the reality TV category.

In other filmed-entertainment sections, Michael Wesley Aycock, who worked on Inception, and Jason Kaplon, who worked on Cold Case, were honored as Teamsters Local 399 assistant location managers of the year in film and TV, respectively.

The 16th edition of the COLAs, put on by Film Liaisons in California Statewide, were set at the Beverly Hilton for the first time. Previous ceremonies were held in Marina del Rey or in downtown Los Angeles. The move to the venue that hosts the Golden Globes and other important Hollywood functions serves to elevate the work of locations managers and scouts, often overlooked by the industry.

Awards were also handed out in commercials and still categories as well as for public employees on the city, county, state and federal levels.